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SUU hosts security boot camp and competition to train elite talent
by By U.S. Cyber Challenge
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CEDAR CITY – U.S. Cyber Challenge and Southern Utah University hosted an executive roundtable July 28 during the USCC Western Regional Cyber Camp to discuss the nation’s need for highly-skilled professionals to mitigate cyber risks.

The event included participation from Vice President of iSight Partners Stu Solomon, National Director of U.S. Cyber Challenge Karen S. Evans, CEO of Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan, and Information Technology Security Officer for the Bank of Utah Leon Trappett.

“The executive roundtable provides the opportunity for our participants to interact directly with leaders from companies who are looking for talented individuals, just like our campers, to fill the gaps we find in our current workforce,” Evans said. “The executives (discussed) the staffing needs they see in their respective entities and our participants (had) the chance to directly ask questions about how to effectively navigate their career path. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

The Western Regional Cyber Camp is part of the USCC’s 2015 Cyber Summer Camp Series focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs.

The 2015 Cyber Summer Camp Series featured two national week-long camps and two statewide camps. More than 40 camp participants attended the Western Regional camp and the executive roundtable at SUU.

Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the USCC in April that drew more than 1,300 registrants from almost 600 schools nationwide.

Throughout the week-long camp program, curriculum included in-depth workshops on a range of topics such as forensics, reverse engineering malware and pen testing. All classes were taught by SANS Institute instructors and other cyber security experts.

On July 31, the camp will end with a hands-on, virtual “Capture-the-Flag” competition where camp participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and vie for a scholarship presented by (ISC)2. An award ceremony will immediately follow the competition.

The camp is supported in part through sponsorships by (ISC)2 Foundation, iSight Partners, NIC, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, Avue Technologies, SANS Institute, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, Cyber Ninjas, VMD, Hewlett Packard, Workday, Amazon Web Services, Monster Government Solutions, Clifton Larson Allen, CenturyLink and Accenture.

Local sponsors include Bank of Utah, Silent Break Security, GE Capital Solutions, Protiviti, The Cadence Group, Caliber Security Partners and Southern Utah University.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at

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